The TTIP Advisory Group set up by the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy held its inaugural meeting on 21 May 2014. The new group is to be composed of representatives of trade unions, of welfare, environmental and consumer protection associations, and of representatives of the cultural sector. The body is to discuss the ongoing negotiations on the planned and to contribute towards the establishment of the German position on TTIP. As the negotiations between the EU and the U.S. have been suspended, no further meetings are planned
Greater transparency boosts confidence
The group intensified the dialogue about the planned trade and investment partnership with the relevant stakeholders - including the agreement’s critics. It was able to enhance the level of transparency in the talks. The intensive dialogue on the ongoing negotiations in this and other discussion forums made it possible to take better account of the arguments of all the groups in society as the German government fed its position on TTIP into the negotiations.
The members of the TTIP Advisory Group held a total of ten meetings. The focus was on important issues and relevant debates surrounding TTIP: including the creative arts, consumer protection, services of general interest, workers’ rights, regulatory cooperation, investment protection, developing countries and the .